Entries by LesleyAnn

Let’s talk about mental health in the workplace

Throughout the year we have had a number of enquiries from clients whose employees are experiencing mental health challenges. With the media showing considerable interest in this area too, we thought it’s time to have this conversation.

When did you last check your employees’ information?

Yikes! Picture a future where humans have a microchip implanted in their hand. Last week a company in Wisconsin, USA, hit the headlines because their employees are doing just that. Not nearly as disturbing is our article for this month about keeping on top of employees’ information. We are happy to say this relies on […]

It’s a Short Window…

Got a Serious Misconduct? Don’t Delay! In our April newsletter the hot topic was serious misconduct in the workplace and how to manage the process. This month, equally important on the topic of serious misconduct, is the timing.

The AWOL Employee

Every year we help a few of our clients manage a “missing in action” employee. You know the ones – the gone bush, dropped off the face of the planet, nowhere to be found type. What do you do when you have an employee like this?

HR Cases In the Headlines

In the news this month there have been three significant cases arising out of the employment relationship, which have caught my eye. The first case in particular is a shining example of why we have employment law. The second case speaks to why we need safeguards in place to protect the rights of employees, to […]

The Dismissal

Serious Misconduct – Managing It Well “You’re fired!” It’s the classic catchphrase of Donald Trump that turned abrupt dismissals into popular reality TV, but can an employer in 2018 really say this?

Don’t Forget! New Minimum Wage Rates Apply From 1 April 2018

Minimum wage rates increased from Sunday 1 April, and as an employer you must make sure that your team are being paid at least the minimum wage. The new rates are: Adult — $16.50 per hour Starting-out — $13.20 per hour Training — $13.20 per hour Note: The starting-out and training minimum wages are set […]

HR is Anything but Vanilla!

At People in Mind, we love what we do. As a profession, HR is anything but vanilla; there’s no such thing as an “average” week. This month, we thought we’d take a wee departure from our usual style and tell you a little about what we actually do here.

Bereavement Leave – What Is It?

A client rang me recently with an interesting question. Could their employee take bereavement leave for their dog? The employee was genuinely grief-stricken and incapable of working. Was there anything the employer could do?